Among the many shrines of Lord Shiva, Amarnath is a very famous destination for the devotees of Lord Shiva because of this mystic story of immortality only.

The Untold Mystery of Amarnath Cave
As the legend goes, the Amarnath Cave is the place which is chosen by the Lord Shiva to narrate the secret of his immortality to Goddess Parvati. But before telling the complete story, I just would like to throw a little spoiler alert here that if any of you are reading this post in a hope to know the same immortality secret, this probably is the right time to disengage yourself from further reading.

During my research work before writing this article I came across many queries having foolishly been put up on the internet where people had desired to know the secret mystery of immortality itself. Unnecessary to say, but it would only be a classical stupidity to expect an error from Lord Shiva letting such a secret out of the bag. It is quite understandable that why Lord Shiva chose a lonely place to reveal the secret. The very fact that the death itself is an immortal truth for every type of life form breathing on this earth makes none of us worthy enough to know the immortality secret, but having said that the story of immortality is something we all should know. Amarnath Cave has a tremendous religious significance in hindu religion only because of this story of immortality which goes as follows:-

Once Maa Parvati asked Lord Shiva that since when and why he started to wear the beads of heads (Mund Mala) around his neck. On this Lord Shiva replied that the secret of beads was associated with her birth cycle. He said whenever she took a birth he would add a head in the Mala. At this Maa Parvati asked Lord Shiva that why would she have to take birth again and again and why was he immortal. Lord Shiva said that to answer this he would have to tell her the Amar Katha (story of immortality). Maa Parvati insisted to hear the Amar Katha but Lord Shiva kept on evading her request for quite a long time. But one final day after a lot of insistence by Maa Parvati he got ready to tell her the Amar Katha.

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Lord Shiva and Parvathi
Lord Shiva and Parvathi
He wanted to narrate the Katha at a lonely isolated place where no living being could listen to it. He started looking for such a place and finally chose Amarnath Cave to narrate the Katha. On his way to Amarnath Cave Lord Shiva left his bull, moon, snake, son Ganesha and Panchabhutas at various isolated places which later on all became Tirtha Sathals for people heading towards Amarnath Cave. He first left his bull (Nandi) at Pahalgam then he left his moon at a place which got its name on the moon itself and is known as Chandanbadi. Moving further, at the lake of Sheshnag, he left his snake. Further, he left his son Lord Ganeshsa at Mahagunas Parvat and finally at Panchatrani he left the Panchabhutas (five elements i.e. Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky). After leaving behind all these, Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati entered the holy Amarnath Cave.

In order to ensure that no living being would get to hear the Katha, Lord Shiva created Rudra inside the cave named Kalgani and ordered him to set fire around the cave and make sure that no one could enter the cave. Finally he sat on a deer skin and took Samadhi for a while and then started narrating the Amar Katha to Maa Parvati. It is believed that just by chance one pigeon’s egg remained unseen during this whole narration which was lying beneath the deer skin on which Lord Shiva was seated and as a result the pair of pigeons which was born out of the egg became immortal. According to many pilgrims both the pigeons could still be seen inside the cave.

Among the many shrines of Lord Shiva, Amarnath is a very famous destination for the devotees of Lord Shiva because of this mystic story of immortality only. The Shiva Lingam made of ice inside the cave is certainly a very surprising site. Every year, lakhs of hindu devotees visit the cave to pay reverence to the ice Lingam and get the divine blessings of Lord Shiva.
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Prof: Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary

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